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Over 250 Labour & Co-operative candidates are standing in the May County Council elections this year. Co-operative candidates, many of them existing councillors, are standing in every county council area in England with the exception of Warwickshire. With Ed Miliband launching Labour’s campaign with a speech at the East of England Co-op and the ever-growing interest [...]
This week Ed Miliband launched Labour’s campaign for May’s county council elections with strong words on legal loansharks and payday lenders. Ed’s speech made a strong reference to the campaign to end legal loansharking and the need to both cap the cost of credit and to give councils powers so that they can stop high [...]
A Labour & Co-operative candidate gained a council seat last night from the Conservatives on the Wirral. Phil Brightmore, a well-known Merseyside activist, won with a majority of 543 from the Conservatives, in the three-way marginal seat of Pensby and Thingwall. Philip was joined by Co-operative and Labour Party members from right around the country, [...]
“A direct means to building One Nation”: Ed Miliband Download ‘Towards co-operative councils: empowering people to change their lives’ here The 21 leaders of Labour’s Co-operative Councils Network today set out their joint vision to “share power and decision-making more equally to achieve the best outcomes for citizens and their communities.” In a joint foreword [...]
The Co-operative Party’s Head of Communications and member of the Co-operative Group’s South London Area Committee, Martin Tiedemann, was last Thursday (17 January) elected as a Labour & Co-operative councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth. Elected for Brixton Hill ward, home to Lambeth Town Hall and Brixton Prison, Cllr Tiedemann replaced former council leader [...]
Surrounded by problems caused by legal loansharks in north London, Andy Hull, a Labour councillor for Highbury West and Co-Chair of the Islington Fairness Commission, takes a look at ways that local councils and the co-operative movement can tackle payday lenders and support communities.
Later today at Labour Party Conference, our fringe looks at the work of Labour & Co-operative councillors, from supporting credit unions to becoming a Co-operative Council. Here Liverpool City Councillor Nick Crofts – one of the speakers – sets out a few ideas. Liverpool has been a real hub of co-operative politics since the General [...]
Co-operative Party member and Liverpool City Council Cabinet member Cllr Nick Small reports on the Mayor of Liverpool’s £1m investment in credit unions. In May Joe Anderson was elected as Liverpool’s first City Mayor. One of his main pledges was to invest £1m in Liverpool’s credit unions to tackle legal loan sharking (£700,000 of the [...]
Co-operative Party member Hannah Lister reports on the recent Summerfest training event for Co-operative Party activists on our new campaign to end legal loan sharking and promote credit unions as a safer, more affordable alternative. The fight against loansharks and the promotion instead of fair and transparent Credit Unions is something that is a high [...]
London councillor and Co-Chair of the Southwark Co-operative Party Claire Hickson describes the work she has been doing to halt the spread of payday loan shops in her community and promote credit unions as an affordable co-operative alternative. Last week, I went to Southwark’s planning committee for a second time to ask my fellow councillors [...]